The greatest player in the NBA wants his power forward back and quick. In an Instagram post last night LeBron James pleaded with forward Tristan Thompson to resolve his issues with the Cleveland Cavaliers and re-sign with the team ahead of the season's tip-off later this month.
In the post, James said; "Get it done!!!! Straight up." before adding; "#MissMyBrother @realtristan13". The image from the post was James with Thompson at a wedding they were attending this weekend.
Thompson's contract renewal with the Cleveland Cavaliers seemed routine at the end of last season's playoffs, but the saga has lasted the whole summer with neither side wanting to budge. Thompson wants the Cavs to invest in him with a longer deal of around three years, including a hefty wage hike.
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Thompson let the teams qualifying offer of a one-year extension at $6.8 million expire on Thursday as talks continued to stall. The Canadians agent is looking for a three-year $53 million extension even after the Cavs offered a five-year, $80 million extension.
It is believed the extension issues will be resolved in the next couple of weeks however as multiple outlets report that talks are moving towards a resolution.
Thompson, a ravenous offensive rebounder, has career averages of 10.1 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game. Thompson's impact isn't always seen on the stats sheet however as his energy on both defense and the boards give the Cavs a big lift throughout the game.
The Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals last season but were ultimately defeated by the Golden State Warriors as the Cavs injury troubles caught up with them.